Riding through the farms of Carson Valley, headed towards Foothill Road, the Sierra's stand as white-dazzled jewels against the blue sky.
The above three pictures stitched together create a nice panorama. I'm surprised the stitching worked, as I took all three photos while moving.
Monitor Pass is indeed open! As I take this picture, a BMW K1200RS "taxi" passes by. Another good sign!
Arriving at Markleeville, I find the taxi is pulling over. The rider of the "Taxi" is Gale, who also lives in Minden...
... and across the street is a gaggle of other BMW's. I'm starting to think there's a club meeting, so I stop to meet everyone.
The High Beamers club is having their first road ride of the season, and I've just stumbled on it.
I go in, meet the members and introduce myself, then attach myself to their ride.
That's one bright Hi-Viz jacket! I thought he had a nuclear-fueled GS from the green glow, but realized it was just his jacket.
We head up and over Monitor Pass at a "spirited pace." I don't have many opportunities to take pictures.
Some of them don't come out clearly.
At the end of the road, near Topaz Lake, we stop at the big parking lot.
The group gets together to review the ride.
Gale had his camera out for a couple group pictures. That's me with my back to the camera on the far right.
Another picture from Gale.
Another shot from Gale's camera.
The sign and road looking back into the canyon.